Do Planks Help Get A Flat Stomach?

Health benefits of plank exercise

The plank is one of the best exercises for strengthening and toning abdominal muscles that help create a flat stomach.

The core muscle group contains 4 main muscle groups: the abdominals, the glutes (butt muscles), and both groups of pelvic floor muscles (pubococcygeal muscle group for men and women). Doing planks will strengthen these muscles, hence making them work together better to give you a flat stomach.

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8 Health Benefits Of Plank Exercises For Your Body

There are also specific ways to breath while doing a plank in order to make it more effective at targeting different parts of your abs which may even make a plank better than crunches when it comes to getting rid of belly fat.

Planks are exercises that can help strengthen your core, or abdominal muscles which in turn can lead to better posture and ultimately a more toned stomach. There are different versions of the plank including the traditional plank, side planks (or ab rollouts) then there’s advanced exercises like front planks (where you walk your feet forward then back while maintaining that all important plank position).

Consistency is key when it comes to anything related to fitness so pick one exercise and do it regularly over time; make sure not to bounce during any type of plank exercise.

Not only will planks get your stomach flat, it can also give you a toned body and improve your athletic performance. The thing with the plank is that the abs are doing all of the work while our arms and legs stay still. Usually we’d be able to cheat and bend our arms and/or splay out our legs, but not in this position.

It’s really hard for people who aren’t used to understanding their core muscles to do a plank for 30 seconds at first. Just don’t worry about time; each day just try 1 more second than you did previously until it feels no longer challenging or fun (it should feel neither challenging nor fun).

Proper abdominal engagement can help with a flat stomach. In order to engage your abdominal muscles, only do the exercise only if you have good form and technique. The plank position is rarely performed correctly by beginners, so don’t make this mistake.

Place your hands on the ground underneath your shoulders while supporting your weight on your toes. Your torso should form like an inverted “V”, make sure to maintain natural spine curvatures (i.e., don’t let it curve to both sides). Your feet should also be hip-width distance apart for balance and support.

Like any other exercise, this will depend on the individual and their dedication to a proper diet and fitness routine. There is not one specific exercise that can magically get rid of belly fat. Diet and lifestyle change are just as important for getting a flat stomach as exercising.

One of the most common complaints about plank exercise is about their knees. If the planks make the knees hurt, it’s because you are using them incorrectly.

You should use your glute muscles to support your weight, not your knee joint. It is also important to point out that this exercise should always be done on mats or soft surfaces, as hard floors can cause pain or injury if proper form is not maintained.

Knee pain during planking exercise may also indicate poor form and improper alignment for other exercises such as squats and lunges. Depending on which muscle group you’re working out, planking exercise might increase strength in particular muscle groups over time with regular practice.

Planks help to create the “Abs of Steel” effect; strengthening the core, which creates balance and stability in your muscles. Strengthening the muscles in your stomach region will help to flatten this area.

If you don’t use them often, abs exercises like planks are also excellent at rebalancing muscle tone (especially for hips) but they won’t do anything to change how much fat is deposited on top.

Increasing lean muscle mass through exercise is what leads to fat reduction because it increases your resting metabolic rate after exercising even when not dieting. What will flatten your stomach long-term? Diet changes with ab targeting exercises (and removing bad habits).

Planks activate large frontal abdominal muscles and wide lumbar spine stabilizers. This specific activation of the core will improve strength, stability, and endurance in the abs.

Planks are often considered a “beginner” exercise because they don’t require much coordination or balance. They can be made more difficult by an increase in time or by changing your alignment so that you can feel more weight on your feet for example. Hold them with various arm configurations to challenge different areas of your stomach muscles.

If done properly though, planks are one of the most effective exercises for developing core muscle strength and preventing injuries that affect back pain sufferers such as herniated discs.


Side effects of planks may include: Tight and sore abdominal muscles, weakness, and pain. If you experience other side effects not listed here please contact your medical provider.

If you do not have one of the pre-existing conditions or risk factors below, side effects from planks are rare and usually muted.

Side effects such as pain in your back caused by a muscle pull or strain may occur if there is a misalignment of your spine. You can avoid this issue if you strengthen your core prior to doing a plank because it will allow for more rotation and flexibility at the spine.

Additionally, if a plank involves raising either arm up, then you’ll need to be sure to engage the deep abdominal muscles around the abdominal muscles so that they contract when using both arm segments/legs simultaneously — this is what activates those particular deep abdominals because they work together with other abdominals.

The plank is a core exercise that places tension on the rectus abdominis muscle by forming a straight line from head to toe. The prolonged sustained contraction leads to an increased level of lactate leading to fatigue as well as burn in the lower back region due to the lean backwards motion involved in this type of workout.

It should be noted that those with spinal issues should consult their doctor before continuing with this exercise technique as it may exacerbate symptoms such as lower back pain or sciatica discomfort.


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